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the strategic management of corporate real estate, workplace resources
and the work environment.
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the Connecticut/Westchester and Western Massachusetts regions'
leading professional organization dedicated to the commercial real estate industry.






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Join CoreNet Global members and friends for our  second annual
Fairfield/Westchester New Year's party.  
We'll gather once again at the Stamford Marriott to toast the new year, review highlights
of 2017 and talk about what's planned in 2018 for our ever-growing chapter.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018    
5 - 8 p.m.  
 Stamford Marriott
243 Tresser Boulevard
Stamford, Conn. 06901
There is no charge for this event.
Please click here to register.
Thanks to our sponsor:



The WELL Buildings movement, with its WELL Building Standard, is
gaining momentum and taking hold among building owners, tenants and
space designers. The WELL Building Standard was
developed based on studies of indoor environments' effects
on people's health. The standard is designed to promote the
health and well-being of building occupants.  
The standard is fast becoming a required feature of workplace environments
and an advantage in the competition for high-quality tenants. 
 Our speakers, representing the International WELL Building Institute,
Haworth, and CBRE, a pioneer in implementing the standard, will outline the
WELL Building Standard's development and discuss 
processes for implementing it.
This program was well-received in Fairfield/Westchester last fall
and is now being made available for the Hartford market.
Stephen Brown
Vice President, Global Business Development
International WELL Buildings Institute

Ike Cheung
Senior Workplace Design Strategist
William Plunkett
Senior Associate 
Thursday, February 1 
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Arrival and networking lunch 
12:30 - 2 p.m. - Program 
151 Farmington Ave. 
Hartford, Conn. 

Please click here to register.

Chapter sponsors and Real Advantage partners,
please RSVP to Dan Elman.

Thanks to our Learning sponsor:

 Recap of recent chapter events:

Chapter contributes toys and more to The Village

Robyn Abbate of Wiggin and Dana LLP delivered toys and the chapter's
annual donation to The Village for Families and Children, and to Jeff Aron, the facility's
Associate Vice President, Development. The toys came from attendees of the chapter's
Dec. 14 Year in Review / Holiday party. The check represented net proceeds from the
chapter's annual golf outing. The Village provides behavioral health treatment for
children and youth, foster care and adoption, and community support services for children and
their families in the Greater Hartford region.


Cindy Leary receives chapter's
second annual volunteer award
Cindy Leary, Vice President and Lead Strategic Planner at Citizens Bank,
received the chapter's second annual Volunteer of the Year award for her
work as Chapter Treasurer. Mark Nisbett, Chapter President, presented
the award during the Dec. 14 Year in Review presentation at Red Thread.

Chapter members and friends salute a successful 2017

Some 90 chapter members and friends gathered on Dec. 14 to review a year that saw membership
soar to a record 173 and program number and sponsorship also hit all-time highs. Red Thread
hosted the event. Please click here to see more photos of the festivities.


Tech visionaries outline uses
of virtual reality and augmented reality


Gabe Szriftgiser, Managing Partner at KiSP, left, and Ryan Coyne, founder of
Explorify3D and other tech ventures, discussed the opportunities presented by
virtual reality and augmented reality for space design and myriad other applications.
The two spoke at the Nov 29 tech event, hosted by OFI in Stamford.


 Members and guests receive inspiration
from "Leading With Impact" talk

Feinberg_collage.jpgManley Feinberg, Founder of Vertical Lessons, signed copies of his book
Reaching Your Next Summit! after talking about leadership lessons learned
from climbing some of the world's most challenging mountains.
Feinberg addressed the joint CoreNet Global / RIMS (Risk and Insurance
Management Society) breakfast on Nov. 15. Stanley Black & Decker hosted
the event, which has become a tradition for the organizations' partnership.
The event, titled "Leading With Impact," drew nearly 100 people, the largest-ever
crowd for the annual breakfast event.


Experts discuss their visions

for smart buildings

Greg Josefchuk, Enterprise Accounts Executive for United Technologies’

Building Solutions Group, left, and Mike DeNamur, Vice President,

Smart Building Solutions, JLL, presented their views on developing

smart buildings or incorporating smart systems into existing buildings.

The two spoke at an Oct. 19 chapter event on “Delivering a Smart

Building: The Time is Now.” United Technologies hosted the

event at its Leadership Center in Farmington, Conn.




Speakers outline WELL Building Standard benefits

Three experts discussed the WELL Building Standard and the various benefits it provides

to employees. From left, Sarah Gibbons-Scheets, Northeast Region Leader for CBRE’s

Workplace practice; Ike Cheung, Senior Workplace Design Strategist, Haworth;

and Stephen Brown, Vice President, Global Business Development, International

WELL Building Institute. Mastercard hosted the Sept. 26 event at its Purchase, N.Y., headquarters.




Golf outing turnout eclipses last year's record


A crowd of 120 golfers registered for this year’s chapter golf outing, topping last year’s

record-setting field. Conditions were perfect at the New Haven Country Club, not only for

golf but also for the partial eclipse, which added an exclamation point to the day’s festivities.

The August 21  event was a high point in a year of high points. Proceeds from the outing

will go to a charity to be chosen in the coming days. Well-deserved thanks go to

Robyn Abbate of Wiggin and Dana LLP, who chaired the Golf committee, and the rest of the committee

members: Marcia Fowler (Herman Miller), Terri Frink (The S/L/A/M Collaborative), Stephanie Fulbright

(The Hartford),  Liz Graham (Staples Business Advantage), Rita Joy (Interscape Commercial

Environments), Jon Putnam (Cushman & Wakefield) and Fury Sabato (Bentley Mills).



Members and friends network with the Yard Goats

Chapter members and friends networked on the Sam Adams Party Deck at Hartford’s

Dunkin’ Donuts Park.The Hartford Yard Goats defeated the first-place Bowie Baysox, 9-3,

at the July 17 game. Photos clockwise from top left. From left: Dan Elman,

Chapter Executive Director; Dave Jackson, Red Thread;

Mark Nisbett, Cigna (Chapter President); Ted Cutler, Tecton Architects

(seated); Chompers, the Yard Goats mascot; Melissa Roy, Tecton Architects; Scott Tibbo, JLL;

Jordan Marrone, Whiting-Turner. Jim Harris,Clohessy Harris & Kaiser; Rick Mills, OFI;

Terri Frink, The S/L/A/M Collaborative. Roy; Kyle Roberts,

CBRE; Nick Morizio, Colliers International. Martha Mahoney, FUJIFILM.

Tibbo; Glen Shenkin, JLL.Rich Kaiser, Clohessy Harris & Kaiser;

Jackson; Pete Olson, CBRE/Cigna.



TPC River Highlands GM

outlines new clubhouse plans

David Corrado, General Manager/Director of Golf

at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., discussed

plans for the course’s new clubhouse, slated to open

in 2019. He addressed attendees at the June 23

Travelers Championship breakfast. The MetroHartford

Alliance hosted the event at First Tee of Connecticut’s

facility on the course.



Panelists discuss benefits of using co-working space


From left, John Arenas, Founder and CEO, Serendipity Labs Coworking, John Pursell, Head of

Corporate Real Estate Services, Americas, Diageo PLC, and Ken Lowell, Director on the Mastercard

International Real Estate Services team, discussed the benefits -- and some risks -- of adding co-working space

to corporate real estate portfolios. Dan Elman, Executive Director of the Connecticut/Westchester chapter, far right,

moderated the discussion. Serendipity Labs hosted the June 15 event at its Stamford, Conn., facility.



  Chapter members and friends tour

ASSA ABLOY's "(smart) factory of the future"


Marna Wilber, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations

at ASSA ABLOY (in green jacket), led a tour of the New Haven company’s factory.

Wilber and the ASSA ABLOY team also presented on the company’s history,

as well as its product strategy and commitment to sustainability and wellness.

The May 18 event featured a discussion of the company’s robotics

and quality assurance testing.



Pitney Bowes hosts interactive

change-management workshop


Patrick Donnelly, AIA, LEED AP, MCR.h, Principal Workplace Strategist,

BHDP Architecture, inset, conducted a workshop in change-management

at Pitney Bowes in Shelton, Conn. The May 11 workshop, titled “Human

Factors in Leading Change,” challenged participants to apply their

personal and professional experience to devise ways to align

strategy and design with organizational change



CoreNet Global and IFMA tour PepsiCo headquarters

Connie van Rhyn, PepsiCo’s Director, Workplace Strategy, top left, and

Nadine Palombo, Senior Facility Manager, bottom right, outlined the renovation

of PepsiCo’s world-renowned headquarters in Purchase, N.Y. The two spoke at

CoreNet Connecticut/Westchester and the International Facility Management Association

Westchester/Hudson Valley chapter’s April 19 joint event. Other PepsiCo team members at  

the event included Roseann Prosser, top right, who led a tour of the company’s

extensive art collection and world-class sculpture garden; Monica Byrne, bottom left;

and Kimberly Quinlan, bottom center. It was the first joint event between the two chapters.


The PepsiCo team discussed the transformation of the workplace into an

open-plan, collaborative space that incorporates natural light, new mechanical

and technological systems, new branding elements, and services – such as

transportation and day care -- designed to promote the well-being of its

diverse 1,700-person headquarters workforce.



Chapter friends gather at Stamford meetup 


Fairfield / Westchester members and guests gathered on March 30 for informal networking

at Cask Republic in Stamford for or latest informal meetup. Look for more networking

meetups during 2017.



From vacant to vibrant: 777 Main Street, Hartford


Chapter members and guests visited 777 Main Street, a 387,000-sq.-ft LEED Platinum

apartment building redeveloped from a vacant office tower in the heart of downtown

Hartford. Bruce Becker of architects Becker + Becker addressed the group. Inset, from left,

Chapter President Mark Nisbett, (Cigna); Katie Roden Symonds, Centerbrook Architects; Becker.

The March 8 gathering was a joint event with the Connecticut Green Buildings Council.



First-ever Women's Networking Evening 

draws 150 -- biggest event in chapter history

More than 150 people attended the chapter’s first-ever Women’s Network Event,

a joint event with CREW CT - The Real Estate Exchange. The Feb. 28 event was

the largest event in the chapter’s history. CoreNet Global CEO Angela Cain and

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin were special guests for the evening, which

The Hartford hosted at the top of its Tower building in Hartford.


Top photo, from left, Dan Elman, CoreNet Connecticut/Westchester Executive

Director; Angela Cain; Stephanie Fulbright, The Hartford; Maureen Funke,

Gilbane; Mayor Bronin; Chapter President Mark Nisbett (Cigna); Jahn Marie Surette,

The Hartford’s Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer; Becky Nolan,

MetroHartford Alliance; Courtney Hendricson, CERC (CREW CT President).

Center photo, the event’s core organizing team, from left, Debbie Laviero, OFI;

Becky Nolan; Stephanie Fulbright; Maureen Funke; Courtney Hendricson.

Bottom photo, from left, Jahn Marie Surette; Jody Brown, winner of the

chapter’s raffle prize for the evening; Angela Cain.


Special thanks to Maureen Funke for her outstanding leadership,

creativity and hard work.

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